Reasons to Wash your Hands
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Reasons to Wash your Hands

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There is bacteria everywhere. One of the best ways to prevent bacteria and illnesses is to wash your hands regularly with water and soap. Washing your hands also includes drying them correctly with a clean paper towel. Here are a few reasons why you should wash your hands:

Germs can get you very sick:

Imagine not washing your hands at all in one whole day. You go to the bathroom, touch a computer, cough on your hands, touch garbage, touch EVERYTHING. And then you touch the food that you are going to eat and put it in your mouth. There are approximately 1,500 bacterias per square centimeter on your skin. Germs produce toxins inside the body that make you very sick and can even cause death.

Germs are everywhere but we can’t see them:

Germs are too tiny to be seen by the naked eye. Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean that they aren’t there. Try to always consider the fact that bacteria needs a place to settle and thrive, let that not be your hands.

When to wash your hands:

Wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching your eyes and putting food into your mouth before you eat. This way you can prevent any bacteria from entering your body. Remember to disinfect the things you touch, for example, clean your computer & phone with an alcohol swab.

Hand sanitizer:

Hand sanitizer is not as clean as washing your hands. At times there will be situations where you don’t have a soap and sink within your reach. In this case, you can use hand sanitizer. Make sure that the hand sanitizer you are using has about 60-90% alcohol, these are more effective.

How to wash your hands the proper way:

Use warm water to wet your hands. Put some soap in your hands and start rubbing them together. Scrub your hands front and back and under your nails for at least 20 seconds. Rinse the soap and dirt with running water. Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dryer.